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Seminole County ranks high for its children's well-being, the report says

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Seminole County is ranked #2, behind St. Johns, in the 2022 Florida Child Well-Being Index.

The nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute released county rankings on Monday. They are based on Kids Count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The county rankings look at economic, educational, health and community metrics that affect children. Seminole County scores highly in all four areas.

In 2020, Seminole had 10.4% of its children’s poverty, well below Florida’s 17.2%.

Florida ranks 35th among US states, according to the Kids Count report released in August.

Seminole County improved in most categories. It got worse in just one — the percentage of eighth graders who weren’t proficient in math.

Orange County also ranks high, at number 7, and Lake County, at number 10.

Here are other rankings in Central Florida:

Osceola – 12


Volusa – 34

Marianne – 44

Summer – 46


The Florida Policy Institute is using the report to push for policies that support families, public schools, a stronger workforce and affordable health care.